Read the full issue of this week’s newsletter here: The Weekly Liberal Dec. 14
A note from Justin, Jen, and the Holiday Giving Team:
This Sunday, Dec. 17, our worship services will feature the ritual gathering in of our gifts for Marnita’s Table. Marnita’s Table is a local nonprofit that partners with neighborhood groups, government agencies, schools, and faith communities to bridge gaps across differences. They do this by hosting “tables” where guests gather to share food and engage in a process of deep conversation called Intentional Social Interaction (IZI). Our collective gift will enable them to work with under-resourced communities to expand the experience of radical hospitality and help build a society where all are welcome and all have a voice in critical decision-making processes.
Four years ago, Rev. Jen Crow introduced the biennial Holiday Giving project as a way to reimagine gift-giving and re-engage with the season’s true meaning. The idea is simple: intentionally reduce your holiday spending and redirect your generosity to an organization that aligns with our church’s vision. In 2013 we gave a substantial gift to Habitat for Humanity, and in 2015 we supported the Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. Likened to “the shared offering on steroids,” the Holiday Giving project strengthens our church’s partnership with organizations that reflect our commitment to working for racial equity. We have been fortunate to have staff members of Marnita’s Table, including co-founder Marnita Schroedl, join us at church the past few Sundays. Many congregants who have previously participated in tables or who have gotten to know the staff have come away deeply impressed by their knowledge and dedication. In addition to raising funds for them, we anticipate collaborating with Marnita’s Table on other activities in the coming year.
If you can’t be with us on Sunday, you may contribute by online payment or by check (payable to “First Universalist Church” with “Holiday Giving” on the memo line).
Justin, Jen, and the Holiday Giving Team